On this page I will try to explain what I do, why and what potential employers can expect. Clients (employers) may regard this as a cover letter.
I am a self-employed English foreign language (EFL) professional. Currently, I work at five universities in the Tokyo area teaching EFL. As a secondary interest, I teach adult English through the extension department of one of the universities. I have taught business English and still have ties with companies offering that service. I have an interest in textbook creation and I currently have two textbooks published in partnership with Koji Mizushima, as well as several on which I have cooperated with other authors.
I choose to see my work-related activities more as a business than a career, thus ?eMission Statement?f, not ?eCareer Goals?f. My ?ebusiness?f is guided by two principles, professionalism and ?eliving in the new reality?f, each of which I will explain briefly.
In my view, an EFL professional must:
The new reality in Japan, on a broad scale, is being shaped by global economic forces. Lifelong employment with the same company is becoming a thing of the past as well as traditional concepts like ?ecompany loyalty?f, ?eresponsibility to employees?f, ?eretirement?f and ?epension?f. The majority of workers will be employed on a contractual cash-only basis with the competition for top jobs being very keen. Knowledge will be a key component for adding value both to a product, from the company perspective, or to a job, from the employee perspective. At the level of Japanese education, declining student enrolment will be an exacerbating factor, especially in competition for better positions in the institutional teaching professions. As well, many of the lesser functions of English education may be performed technologically, so teachers, educational institutions, educational materials developers and the like will have to add value wherever possible to survive. On the other hand, globalization is having the effect of making English the dominant global language. There may be new opportunities in the adult education and business education sectors of the industry.
The foregoing conditions have meant for me:
What can I do for you?
I believe that those who read the three documents here, my Short Resume, my Full Resume and my ?eMission Statement', will see why they can expect businesslike but caring instruction and high quality educational material from me. Thank you for taking the time to read this!